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The intendant designate of the Salzburg Festival, Alexander Pereira, has appointed Cecilia Bartoli to the post of artistic director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival starting in 2012.
“I am tremendously pleased that Cecilia Bartoli’s long association with Salzburg, which has proved so inspirational in the past, can now be placed on a new footing.
“The admirable courage that characterizes Cecilia’s work in terms of its quality and imagination has persuaded me to ask her to become artistic director of the Whitsun Festival under my intendancy and to help in shaping the festival from 2012 onwards.
“In addition to her Baroque and Classical projects, Cecilia has in recent years made a distinguished contribution to the bel canto repertory. As a result, our work together will not be limited to Baroque projects, in spite of what has been written elsewhere, but will extend to all the different areas of artistic endeavor to which she has brought such commitment.” Alexander Pereira
Cecilia Bartoli: “As one of my earliest supporters, Alexander Pereira took me under his wing while I was still a young beginner and over the years has offered me many wonderful opportunities to realize my artistic ideas. And so it is an immense pleasure and an honor to think that our friendship will result in this new and exciting collaboration in Salzburg.”
The idea is to work on one opera a year as an independent production and to perform it at least twice over the Whitsun weekend. Concerts will be planned around the opera and will take place on individual days, expanding that year’s particular focus of interest in thematically relevant ways. As a novel feature, the opera that is produced at Whitsun will be taken over into the festival’s summer program and performed five or so times with the same cast.
The detailed program will be announced at a later date.
“Given his formidable technique as well as a big, singing tone and a sunny disposition, he is hardly in danger of wearing out his welcome.”– New York Times
Once again, Gil Shaham’s longterm exploration of “Violin Concertos of the 1930s” is central to the coming season, during which he performs masterpieces by Barber, Bartók, Berg, Hartmann, Prokofiev, and Walton. These he will play with leading orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Chicago Symphony, where he does double duty as soloist and conductor, and the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Mariinsky Orchestra, Berlin’s Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, and Orchestre de Paris. This season also sees the project yield its first recording when Shaham’s own label, Canary Classics, issues a CD of the Stravinsky, Barber, and Berg concertos, all conducted by David Robertson, with three high profile orchestras. Beyond the 1930s, Shaham joins Emmanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma for Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic in a historic concert celebrating the 120th anniversary of Carnegie Hall; he plays Mozart’s Fifth “Turkish” Concerto with Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony; and he performs the Mendelssohn with Jansons and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Upcoming highlights also include the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s festive season-opening concert, and a program of Jewish violin and piano repertoire with his sister, Orli Shaham, at New York’s 92nd Street Y, including the world premiere of a new commission from Israeli composer Avner Dorman.
The San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas today announced their recording plans for the 2010-11 season on the Orchestra’s own SFS Media™ label. Following the recent completion of its Grammy® award-winning Mahler recording project, the Orchestra will record and release works from both the core classical repertoire as well as works new to or rarely heard by most audiences. The new recordings will reflect the broad range of programming that has been a hallmark of the MTT/SFS partnership. SFS Media releases will be available on both hybrid SACD and digital download and will be recorded live in concert in Davies Symphony Hall.
"The musicians of this Orchestra are playing at the highest level,” said SF Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. “I continue to be impressed by the power, richness and sophistication of their sound whether performing repertoire by Beethoven or by American Mavericks such as Ives, Copland or John Adams. I am very happy that, on the eve of our Centennial Season, the next chapter in this Orchestra's recording history will focus on sharing our special brand of music making with audiences everywhere."
TO BE RELEASED THIS SEASON
On February 8, 2011 the Orchestra will release two new discs. Charles Ives’ Concord Symphony arranged by Henry Brant captured in concerts during February 2010 will be paired with Copland’s Organ Symphony featuring Paul Jacobs to be recorded during concerts taking place this week on September 22, 23 and 25. These two modernist, early 20th century works by American composers are rarely recorded or available in surround sound. Also on February 8, 2011 SFS Media will release an All-Beethoven disc featuring the composer’s Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 4 with Emanuel Ax, both recorded in December 2009.
TO BE RECORDED THIS SEASON
In addition to the Copland Organ Symphony recorded this week, MTT and the SFS will record performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 to be held October 7- 9 and John Adams’ Harmonielehre performed during the composer’s Project San Francisco residency in December 2010. The recordings will be released at a future date to be announced. The SFS commissioned John Adams’ Harmonielehre and first performed it in 1985 under the baton of Edo de Waart, a recording of which was released on Nonesuch Records. It is still currently available on CD and digital download.
ABOUT SFS MEDIA
The San Francisco Symphony’s recording history dates back to 1925, releasing its first album with its second Music Director, Alfred Hertz. In 1926 the San Francisco Symphony was heard as part of the Standard Symphony Radio Hour broadcasts, the first series of symphonic concert broadcasts in the United States. The broadcast of the SFS’s 1973 Paris concert from the Théâtre des Champs Elysées was the first stereo satellite broadcast of symphonic music in the world. The San Francisco Symphony’s recordings have won some of the world’s most prestigious recording awards, including fourteen Grammy Awards, Japan ’s Record Academy Award, France ’s Grand Prix du Disque, and Britain ’s Gramophone Award. In 2001 SFS Media was launched as the San Francisco Symphony’s own record label on which it released of all nine of Mahler’s symphonies and the Adagio from the unfinished Tenth Symphony as well as his songs for voice and orchestra. Unique to all American Orchestras, SFS Media also produces MTT and the SFS’s national public television series and multimedia project Keeping Score designed to make classical music more accessible to people of all ages and musical backgrounds. The project is anchored by a national PBS television series that debuted in 2006, and includes an innovative website, www.keepingscore.org, to explore and learn about music; a national radio series; documentary and live performance DVDs; live performance audio CDs and an education program for K-12 schools to further teaching through the arts by integrating classical music into core subjects. Season Three of the Keeping Score television series, centered on the music of Gustav Mahler, is scheduled to air in spring 2011.
All SFS Media recordings are available from the Symphony Store in Davies Symphony Hall and online at sfsymphony.org/store as well as other major retailers. The recordings can also be purchased as MP3s from iTunes, Emusic, Rhapsody, and other digital outlets and high definition downloads are available through HD Tracks, iTrax.com and the theclassicalshop.net in the UK . SFS Media recordings are distributed by Harmonia Mundi in the U.S. , SRI in Canada , through IODA digitally and Avie internationally.
Violinist Midori reunites with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to perform Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore and Friday, October 22, 2010 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The program includes Mikhail Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture and features the BSO accompanying Midori in her performance of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Also on the program is Stravinsky’s ballet score, Petrouchka, under the baton of conductor Gilbert Varga, making his BSO debut.
Midori is no stranger to Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. In 2004, she released an album pairing the piece with Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Receiving rave reviews, Canada’s national newspaper The Globe and Mail described her playing as “an intensity of focus, a lyrical tenderness and a deep sense of the long perspectives and the singular contrasts in this severely demanding work. Such musical acuity, intellectual penetration and technical command are seldom so finely coordinated in any performance.”
In Shostakovich’s time, violin concertos seldom included the dissonant and sarcastic tone of this Concerto. During the reign of Joseph Stalin, composers and other artists were blacklisted for releasing any work that “offended” the Soviet people. Shostakovich was the main “public enemy” for his subtle refusal of Stalin’s ideals. In order to save himself in 1948, Shostakovich hid his Concerto until Stalin’s death in 1953. Once the government’s strictness began to thaw, the Violin Concerto No. 1 premiered with the Leningrad Philharmonic in 1955 and later that year premiered with the New York Philharmonic. Shostakovich was not only welcomed to the United States as an accomplished composer, but his Violin Concerto No. 1 earned acclaim for its virtuosity, imagination and beauty.
Stravinsky originally planned to create The Rite of Spring as his second ballet, but deferred the project to work on Petrouchka. The original score was developed for an enormous orchestra, but in 1947, Stravinsky revised its concert version, reducing the instrumental forces. Petrouchka was inspired by his vision of a carnival puppet and became a bittersweet tale of the love triangle between three puppets at a fair.
Mikhail Glinka grew up in early 1800s Russia that did not have a style of classical music to call its own. Influenced by Western European music and his friendships with Italian opera singers, he was determined to compose in his native style and became the "father of Russian music." Glinka composed the operatic score Ruslan and Ludmilla based on the fairytale by his friend, Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. The tale tells of the beautiful Ludmilla, who is rescued from harm by her true love, Ruslan. After an unenthusiastic premiere, Russians later enjoyed the opera, with its poem inspired by ancient Slavic tales and romantic, passionate music.
COMPLETE CONCERT DETAILS
Midori Plays Shostakovich
Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 8 p.m.—The Music Center at Strathmore
Friday, October 22, 2010 at 8 p.m.—Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 8 p.m.—Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Gilbert Varga, conductor †
Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1
† Denotes a BSO artist debut
At the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) annual Gala Celebration on Saturday, September 11, PNC Greater Maryland Regional President and BSO Gala Chair Louis (Lou) R. Cestello announced from stage a $500,000 gift from PNC. This leadership gift will underwrite for three seasons the Orchestra’s outreach and access initiatives, including continued affordable ticket pricing, the Off the Cuff series, the Music Matters campaign, OrchKids and Midweek Education Concerts.
In 2007, PNC provided leadership support of $1 million to launch the BSO’s landmark, multi-year ticket initiative that made all subscription seats available for just $25 beginning with the 2007-2008 season. This historic pricing structure resulted in a 17% increase in the total number of Baltimore subscribers and cemented the BSO’s commitment to accessible ticket pricing. PNC’s most recent grant enables the BSO to offer affordable tickets and reach new audiences in this and future seasons. BSO Music Director Marin Alsop’s engaging series, Off the Cuff, also reaches new audiences by introducing classical repertoire to any level of symphonic enthusiast. As a key supporter of both these initiatives, PNC plays a significant role in further expanding the BSO’s reach into the community it serves.
A portion of the grant aligns with PNC Grow Up Great , a 10-year, $100 million school readiness initiative designed to help children from birth to age five to arrive at school ready to learn, PNC’s contribution also supports several of the BSO’s programs for youth, including OrchKids and the Midweek Education Concerts. The BSO’s OrchKids program provides year-round music lessons, tutoring, after-school care and free meals to more than 200 pre-K through 3rd grade students in West Baltimore. Through the Midweek Education Concerts, the BSO provides almost 35,000 students each year with an affordable and age-appropriate live concert experience.
Sony Classical proudly announces its debut release by the highly-acclaimed tenor Vittorio Grigolo. Hailed as one of the finest tenors in recent times, Grigolo’s recording of The Italian Tenor will be available on October 5 and features famous arias and lesser known discoveries. Also, on October 16, Grigolo makes his highly anticipated debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Rodolfo in La Bohème.
Grigolo purposely waited to record his first operatic solo album until he had something unique to communicate in the repertoire. According to Grigolo, “I chose arias representing the culture I come from.”
Born in Tuscany, Grigolo began his career as a young boy performing as a soloist in the celebrated Sistine Chapel Choir. His distinctive voice attracted the praise of the great Luciano Pavarotti when, at age thirteen, he starred alongside him as the Pastorello in Tosca at the Rome Opera. He went on to be the youngest tenor ever to debut at the legendary La Scala, Milan and has conquered many of the world’s great opera houses since, appearing with the finest artists and conductors of our day. Grigolo made his Chicago debut in 2008 starring in a tribute to Pavarotti in front of thousands at Grant Park. He made his Washington, D.C. debut in 2009 sharing the stage with Renée Fleming in a lauded production of Lucrezia Borgia conducted by Plácido Domingo. Recently, he triumphed in his debut at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in Massenet’s Manon.
The Italian Tenor presents arias from three great operatic composers - Gaetano Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini. These include Donizetti's “Una furtiva lagrima” (L'Elisir d'Amore) which was made famous by Enrico Caruso, whose famous performance of the aria paved the way for the opera's return to the repertoire after years of neglect. Equally as beautiful is “Spirto gentil” (La Favorita) in which the lead character laments the loss of his love forever.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will present “Halloween Spooktacular” led by the BSO-Peabody Bruno Walter Assistant Conductor Ilyich Rivas, Saturday, October 30 at 11 a.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The program features Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead with actor Timothy Marrone as narrator. The story is a gripping murder mystery that makes every member of the orchestra a suspect. As the inspector interrogates each orchestra section, each instrument is brought to life in this musical mystery.
Children’s author Lemony Snicket is world-renowned for his stories captured in A Series of Unfortunate Events, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide in 39 languages. The first three stories in this series were later combined to create the film, A Series of Unfortunate Events, starring comedian Jim Carrey and Academy-Award winner Meryl Streep. Nathaniel Stookey originally created The Composer Is Dead as an orchestral work with narration by Lemony Snicket. The work was commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and premiered in 2006, with Lemony Snicket narrating and Edwin Outwater conducting.
The BSO Family Fun Zone will begin at 10 a.m. in the Meyerhoff lobby. Children and their families can take advantage of numerous free, age-appropriate pre-concert activities, including, the Maryland Zoo’s ZOOmobile, an instrument petting zoo presented by Music & Arts and face painting. Children are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costume for a chance to win prizes.
A nearly packed house was thrilled with Colorado Symphony's Friday Night Concert. The thunderous applause at the end for Olga Kern's stunning performance of Tchiakovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 made the opening half of the concert almost seem like a warm-up for the main attraction. And that's saying something considering one of the world's most popular pieces, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, closed the first half of the concert. Colorado Symphony under the baton on Douglas Boyd, Principal Guest Conductor did an excellent performance of Beethoven; it's just that Olga brought her game and she can play!!!
The opening of the Tchaikovsky is immediately recognizable with the hammering chord that climb the keyboard again and again. But the music quickly glides into moments of grace, where Olga's style and elegance really shine. Tchaikovsky also has those beautiful lyric melodies so well suited for Olga Kern and her command of the keyboard. From power to polish, the music sifted through the full range of emotions with each one captured perfectly on the piano.
The second movement opened with the new flautist Brook Ellen Shoenwald showing what a alluring addition she makes to the Colorado Symphony. Silver Ainomäe, Principal Cellist, also shared the limelight with Olga with a brief cello-piano duet. Still, it was Olga's night, highlight her every talent, from spider-like fingers that wove a web of sound, to the shimmering accompaniment behind the orchestra's dance. Whether it was the power of hands, or the grace and innate understanding of the musical style, Olga truly triumphed with her performance of Tchaikovsky tonight.
Douglas Boyd adroitly maneuvered the orchestra to accompany Olga Kern's every move. As Olga finished the cadenza the piano seemed to drift away while the flutes melted in from underneath. Later, in one of Olga's more powerful moments she finished off with a blistering battering of the keys and Maestro Boyd brought the orchestra in blazing away. The transitions were seamless, as if Olga and Douglas were of a single moment, communing as one in the music.
Although it may seem a bit anti-climatic, and out of order to speak of the first have of the concert now. Still, it was part of the evening and a solid performance by the Colorado Symphony.
Beyond the traditional "Star Spangled Banner," (which had the crowd singing along), the concert opened with Tchaikovsky's Waltz & Polonaise from Eugene Onégin. These are immediately recognizable pieces and still Douglas Boyd brought a fresh life to them. The Waltz was filled with the full range of dynamics showing off the dexterity the musicians have with their instruments. Douglas was lively at the podium coaxing every shift and sway as the Tchaikovsky glided through the hall.
Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is a power house. The opening movement is so recognizable it's difficult to try and instill something new to the music. Yet Colorado Symphony did. Douglas Boyd was extremely expressive with his use of the full dynamic range of the orchestra bringing them to a barely audible whisper to the blazing brash of the trombones with the final movement. As the piece came to a close the tempo was bright and brilliant bringing the momentum and energy of the music to the breaking point. And the players responded without any hesitation. It's as if Douglas was leading them to a cliff at full speed and they never once applied the brakes.
What they did was bring the audience to their feet. Boettcher Concert Hall had barely stopped reverberative from the music when the audience was showing their appreciation. From the rafters to the foot of the stage, the audience was thrilled with the performance. The Colorado Symphony could have ended the program right there. But there was still Olga...
It's almost a shame to have such a wonderful opening first half, what could have been the closing performance of any concert, only to have it topped with Olga Kern and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in the second half. Jim Palermo said before the concert began this was going to be an amazing season. If they keep up this level of performance, it will be a season unlike any they've ever had.
The much-anticipated Baltimore edition of “Rusty Musicians with the BSO” will take place tonight, Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. More than 450 amateur musicians applied to join members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra led by Music Director Marin Alsop in performances of Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture and the finale from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, with 254 selected to participate. To accommodate the large number of participants, the evening will include four sessions starting at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Each session includes rehearsal time and a full performance. “Rusty Musicians with the BSO” is in keeping with the BSO’s vision to increase the community’s involvement in music and serve as a cultural resource for the Baltimore-Washington region.
The first “Rusty Musicians with the BSO” was held at the Music Center at Strathmore in February 2010, with a response of more than 600 applicants and a turnout of 400 participants.
COMPLETE CONCERT DETAILS
Rusty Musicians with the BSO
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 with session beginning at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 2101
Marin Alsop, conductor
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Stravinsky: Finale from Firebird Suite (1919 version)
“A kinetic force on the podium” – The New York Times
Sony Classical is pleased to announce a new, exclusive multi-album recording agreement with the dynamic the Estonian-born and American-raised conductor Kristjan Järvi. The new relationship launches with the release of Cantique, featuring the music of iconic Estonian composer Arvo Pärt in celebration of his 75th birthday. Järvi leads the Rundfunk Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor. Cantique includes Pärt’s 1971 masterpiece, Symphony No. 3, plus the world premiere recordings of the orchestral and choral version of his Stabat mater (1985/2008) and Cantique des degrès (1999/2002) for choir and orchestra. The album was produced by Florian Schmidt and recorded at Haus des Rundfunks in Berlin in February 2010.
Cantique represents the culmination of a lifelong friendship between Kristjan Järvi and Arvo Pärt, which has been shaped as much by their shared personal history as their shared musical life. The Järvi and Pärt families have been friends since the 1960s, when Kristjan’s father Neeme Järvi and Arvo Pärt worked together at Estonian Radio – Neeme Järvi as the conductor of the Estonian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, and Pärt as a recording engineer. Both families chose to emigrant from Estonia in 1980 because of continuing struggles with Soviet officials, and settled in Vienna within days of each other. Initially, they stayed at the same convent there, which was a stop for refugees. Though the Pärt family remained in Vienna, later relocating to Berlin, and the Järvis moved to the United States, the families have remained close throughout the decades.
Their musical lives have remained intertwined over the years, and have crossed generations. Pärt’s Symphony No. 3 is a major symphonic masterpiece of the late 20th century and is dedicated to Neeme Järvi. In 2008, when Kristjan Järvi was the music director of the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich in Vienna, he commissioned an orchestral and choral version of Pärt’s Stabat mater, originally written for soprano, alto, and tenor, with string trio. Järvi premiered it with that orchestra at the Großen Musikvereinssaal during the Wiener Festwochen, with Pärt in attendance. For both men, it was a moving experience to premiere the work in the city to which they both originally came as refugees.
The orchestra – Rundfunk Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin – is one with which Kristjan Järvi has collaborated for more than a decade, and hails from Berlin, Pärt’s home for many years outside of Estonia.
“A MUST HEAR performance which, I am sure, will be received with high musical and technical praise. Enjoy!” - Dale Clevenger, Principal Horn, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Opening Day Records proudly inaugurates a new imprint of its impressive catalogue, Soloists of Canadian Brass, with a new recording of Horn Trios featuring virtuoso hornist Jeff Nelsen, joined by veteran violinist Ik-Hwan Bae and new piano sensation Naomi Kudo. These are intimate and beautiful readings of two well-loved masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire featuring French horn: the Brahms Trio, Op.40, and a world premiere adaptation of the Mozart Horn Quintet for Horn Trio by Tony Rickard.
Opening Day Records, headed by Canadian Brass founding member and tuba player Chuck Daellenbach, features a rich variety of great Canadian artists, showcasing the same musical range and quality that has made Canadian Brass famous for the last 40 years. With the Soloists of the Canadian Brass imprint, there is now a home for the solo and chamber projects of current and former Brass virtuosi, from Ronald Romm to Ryan Anthony to Brandon Ridenour.
Weaving a tapestry of colors and moods, the Brahms Horn Trio has become a proving ground for great horn players. Written after his mother’s death, Brahms combines gentle melancholy and remembrance with, in the faster passages, joyous scenes of the hunt. The world premiere recording of a new arrangement of Mozart’s Horn Quintet, K.407, for Horn Trio, is Mozart at his most delightful, aligning beauty and balance with melody and humor, along with a horn part of great virtuosity and sensitivity.
Acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter returns to recording chamber music after two highly successful albums devoted primarily to concertos (Mendelssohn and Bach & Gubaidulina) and also returns to Brahms, a composer who has meant much to her over the years. Mutter is joined by longtime partner Lambert Orkis with whom she previously recorded the complete Beethoven sonatas, and the two reveal the musical benefits of frequent collaboration. This new recording will be available October 12, 2010 in both CD and DVD formats.
Anne-Sophie Mutter came across the Brahms Sonatas at age five and a half when she heard David Oistrakh in concert. Soon she was performing the Brahms Concerto and Double Concerto with Karajan and even recorded them for DG in the early 1980s. Now, almost 30 years later, Ms. Mutter returns to Brahms with a different perspective. According to her, “my view of Brahms, my view on anything I play today has changed. I have a deeper understanding of music and, if you want it or not, life does leave its marks not only in your brain but in your heart and in your soul.”
These three monumental works for violin and piano were composed in just under the span of a decade, with the second and third sonatas both composed during the summer of 1886. Each is unique unto itself and evokes different emotions and images: the private feeling of the G major sonata to the sunnier disposition of the A major and the more grand (and demonic) D minor sonata. Mutter and Orkis have played these works around the world for nearly twenty years and now bring their individual and shared life experiences to this recording. As Orkis says, “We’ve learned them, we’ve lived with them, and we’ve played them on various continents together, and we go through life experiences, and now we bring it all to this music. Brahms is a composer who’s not showing off: he’s showing life, beauty, art. It’s wonderful.”
Superstar conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic will headline the fall offerings from www.medici.tv with a concert from the Lucerne Festival that will be webcast live, and for free, on Saturday, September 18 at 4:30pm GMT (10:30am EDT). The concert will also be available for 90 days of free VOD (video on demand) viewing exclusively at www.medici.tv, the increasingly popular performance arts website. The deliciously varied program – including music by Rossini, Orbón, Bernstein, and Ravel – is a preview of a performance Dudamel and the orchestra will give at New York’s Carnegie Hall this October, one of several the conductor will give this season in a special relationship with the justly famous orchestra and in partnership with Rolex.
The Dudamel/Vienna Philharmonic webcast is one of several concerts that will be webcast live at www.medici.tv this fall. Highlights include the Orchestre National de Lyon under the direction of Jun Märkl in the season-opening concert of the Auditorium de Lyon (Sep 24). Additional concerts from the venue follow, including soloists of the Opéra National de Paris’s Atelier Lyrique in a program of popular songs (Oct 27); the fast-rising Pacifica Quartet performing music by Janácek, Bartók, Haydn, and Schubert (Nov 3); and, just in time for the holidays, Serge Baudo conducting the Orchestre National de Lyon in Berlioz’s luminous pastoral oratorio, L’enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ).
Upcoming live events on www.medici.tv
Saturday, September 18 at 4:30pm gmt – exclusively on www.medici.tv Lucerne Festival: Vienna Philharmonic / Gustavo Dudamel Rossini: Overture to La gazza ladra Orbón: Tres versiones sinfónicas Bernstein: Divertimento for orchestra Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte Ravel: Boléro
Wednesday , September 22 at 6:00pm gmt – live Auditorium du Louvre Philharmonic Octet Berlin / Guy Braunstein, violin and conductor Mozart: String Quintet No. 2 in C, K.515 Shostakovitch: Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11 Wiesenberg: Octet Movement – Homage to Mendelssohn Mendelssohn: String Octet in E-flat, Op. 20
Friday, September 24 at 6:30pm gmt – live Opening concert of the Auditorium de Lyon Orchestre National de Lyon / Jun Märkl All-Richard Strauss program: Divertimento (after F. Couperin) Concertino for clarinet and bassoon Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra)
Wednesday, October 27 at 6:00pm gmt – live Auditorium du Louvre Soloists of the Opéra National de Paris’s Atelier Lyrique Beethoven, Haydn, Ravel, De Falla: Popular songs
Wednesday, November 3 at 6:00pm gmt – live Auditorium du Louvre Pacifica Quartet Janácek: Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters” Bartók: Quartet No. 4 Haydn: String Quartet in D, Hob.III.63, Op. 64, No. 5 “The Lark” Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D.810, “Death and the Maiden”
Thursday, December 16 at 6:30pm – live Auditorium de Lyon Orchestre National de Lyon; Choeurs et Solistes de Lyon-Bernard-Tétu / Serge Baudo Berlioz: L’enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ)